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How to: Install "Get Lost" Tire Carrier

This morning I got my Tire Carrier by FedEx from Ross.
Here are the pictures and description of the installation and finished appearance of the Tire Carrier. I am very happy and satisfied with the product. It is very well attached and has no wiggle or movement. I still have the use of my backup camera and I can even open the rear window without moving the tire. The powder coating looks great and should hold up better than paint.

The first picture is of the package when the guys at the tire shop were unpacking it.




The lower part of the carrier test fit in the receiver hitch:


Hardware:

2007 Jeep Green Limited 4.7 Flex Fuel, RR 2.5" 4 inch Superlift coils on rear, 1.5" Spacers, Bridgestone 265/70/17, K&N CAI, Flowmaster, Diamond Plate Locking Trunk, Blue Ox Baseplate w/D-rings, "Get Lost 4X4" Front Bumper, T-Max 9000 winch, "Get Lost rear tire carrier, 30 gal second gas tank.
Second 2007 Jeep Green Limited Leather HEMI QDII VES Uconnect Flowmaster OEM Skids Tow Package

Maybe the two will meet up soon edit: they did , I now have 2,now gave 1 away...and got it back again.
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The first two pictures show the space that is now available for a second gas tank:





The two holes in the frame will need to be enlarged to 1/2 inch and drilled thru the frame to allow the use of the bolt, washer, and nut that will secure the support brace on each side:



The spare tire was a surprise. It is painted black and is on of the five spoke wheels instead of the six spoke chrome. Maybe they ran out of the correct spares or maybe lots of us have black spares and do not know it. The tire to the left is the new spare and matches the size of my other four.



The four holes being drilled:


2007 Jeep Green Limited 4.7 Flex Fuel, RR 2.5" 4 inch Superlift coils on rear, 1.5" Spacers, Bridgestone 265/70/17, K&N CAI, Flowmaster, Diamond Plate Locking Trunk, Blue Ox Baseplate w/D-rings, "Get Lost 4X4" Front Bumper, T-Max 9000 winch, "Get Lost rear tire carrier, 30 gal second gas tank.
Second 2007 Jeep Green Limited Leather HEMI QDII VES Uconnect Flowmaster OEM Skids Tow Package

Maybe the two will meet up soon edit: they did , I now have 2,now gave 1 away...and got it back again.
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The two holes in the frame that were drilled out larger to 1/2 inch on both sides :



The drivers side support in place. The two bolts connect it to the frame and the one bolt in the back connect it to the tire carrier. With both supports in place there is no movement of the carrier at all, even with a 32 inch tire mounted:


The right, (passenger side) support hanging before we connected it:



2007 Jeep Green Limited 4.7 Flex Fuel, RR 2.5" 4 inch Superlift coils on rear, 1.5" Spacers, Bridgestone 265/70/17, K&N CAI, Flowmaster, Diamond Plate Locking Trunk, Blue Ox Baseplate w/D-rings, "Get Lost 4X4" Front Bumper, T-Max 9000 winch, "Get Lost rear tire carrier, 30 gal second gas tank.
Second 2007 Jeep Green Limited Leather HEMI QDII VES Uconnect Flowmaster OEM Skids Tow Package

Maybe the two will meet up soon edit: they did , I now have 2,now gave 1 away...and got it back again.
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Right side support connected:



Upper part of tire carrier attached. The hinge is very stable and has large brass bushings and is greasable with a zerk fitting. It operates very smoothly and has no give or sag as you open it. The fit is very well machined and has no slop or wiggle.



32 inch tire mounted. The rear window will open and clears the tire. We had to use three wheel spacers simlilar to a spydertrax spacer to move the wheel away from the carrier about 1/2 inch to allow the full rear door to open upward without hitting the tire when the carrier was in the 90 degree open position.

2007 Jeep Green Limited 4.7 Flex Fuel, RR 2.5" 4 inch Superlift coils on rear, 1.5" Spacers, Bridgestone 265/70/17, K&N CAI, Flowmaster, Diamond Plate Locking Trunk, Blue Ox Baseplate w/D-rings, "Get Lost 4X4" Front Bumper, T-Max 9000 winch, "Get Lost rear tire carrier, 30 gal second gas tank.
Second 2007 Jeep Green Limited Leather HEMI QDII VES Uconnect Flowmaster OEM Skids Tow Package

Maybe the two will meet up soon edit: they did , I now have 2,now gave 1 away...and got it back again.
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You can see the rear view camera on the left side of the license plate mount.



The rear view camera is still functional:


The view looking into the rear view mirror:



The Carrier at the car wash after installation. I stopped by an auto parts store to get a tire cover in plain black to cover the tire. I will put it on tomorrow as the light was fading in this shot.



Overall I am very happy with the Tire Carrier and do recommend it especially if you want to add a second gas tank in the current spare tire location.

That project will be next week or the week after if I have to travel for the company.

2007 Jeep Green Limited 4.7 Flex Fuel, RR 2.5" 4 inch Superlift coils on rear, 1.5" Spacers, Bridgestone 265/70/17, K&N CAI, Flowmaster, Diamond Plate Locking Trunk, Blue Ox Baseplate w/D-rings, "Get Lost 4X4" Front Bumper, T-Max 9000 winch, "Get Lost rear tire carrier, 30 gal second gas tank.
Second 2007 Jeep Green Limited Leather HEMI QDII VES Uconnect Flowmaster OEM Skids Tow Package

Maybe the two will meet up soon edit: they did , I now have 2,now gave 1 away...and got it back again.
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Looks great. Can you post a pic of the backup camera view?

BTW, my spare is the plain black also.
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Very nice looking! if you dont mind, how far is the swing arm from the bumper? looks like it sticks out about 6'' or so..
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That's strange that you guys have a black spare wheel. Mine is the matching chrome.

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Thanks, The post above has a picture of the backup camera view thru the monitor.

The carrier adds about 6 or 7 inches behind the rear bumper. It is just the right amount to allow the rear window to open up without swinging the tire carrier out.

2007 Jeep Green Limited 4.7 Flex Fuel, RR 2.5" 4 inch Superlift coils on rear, 1.5" Spacers, Bridgestone 265/70/17, K&N CAI, Flowmaster, Diamond Plate Locking Trunk, Blue Ox Baseplate w/D-rings, "Get Lost 4X4" Front Bumper, T-Max 9000 winch, "Get Lost rear tire carrier, 30 gal second gas tank.
Second 2007 Jeep Green Limited Leather HEMI QDII VES Uconnect Flowmaster OEM Skids Tow Package

Maybe the two will meet up soon edit: they did , I now have 2,now gave 1 away...and got it back again.

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Thanks for taking time to post the pictures! It looks very nice! What kind of spare tire do you have there? My spare came with the matching crome.....
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